Naughty or Nice? It’s Going to Be a Disney, Sexy Halloween

October 22, 2014 · By Jim

If you plan to dress as a Disney-owned character on Halloween night, you are likely going to find it’s a small world after all. AdGooroo examined 1,128 Halloween costume keywords for Text Ads and Product Listing Ads on U.S. Google AdWords Desktop/Tablet from August to September this year and found that 31% of all Paid Search spend for the keyword group was for a Disney-owned character. Read More »

Who’s Leading in Product Listing Ads Heading into the Holidays?

October 21, 2014 · By Jim

Today AdGooroo announced the addition of new Product Listing Ad (PLA) data to our SEM Insight™ service, including the ability to view competitors’ spend estimates and campaign performance stats like CPCs and CTRs.

Keeping in that spirit, we decided to look at recent PLA campaign performance to gauge which advertisers have the most momentum heading into the Holiday Season.

To do so, we examined weekly PLA Share of Voice based on impressions from August 31 to October 12, 2014 for the Top 10 PLA advertisers based on spend on a keyword set of 2,879 top retail keywords. Those advertisers are Best Buy, Home Depot, Macy’s, Microsoft,, Sprint, Staples, Target, Verizon Wireless and Walmart.

Product Listing Ad Share of Voice Aug 31-Oct 12 2014 - AdGooroo

Best Buy is the clear leader among the ten advertisers, generating the most impression share in 5 of the last 7 weeks as well as the most total impression share over the 7-week period. The only other advertisers to lead in impression share were Target in the first week (August 31) and Verizon Wireless in the 4th week (September 21).

Throughout the period Target competed closely with Walmart, ultimately edging out its competitor in the most recent 4 weeks.

Verizon Wireless significantly increased its PLA impression share in the middle 3 weeks, averaging a 13.44% impression share compared to an average of 4.8% in the first and last 2 weeks of the period.

Other advertisers that saw surges during the 7 weeks include Sprint in the week of October 5 and Macy’s in the week of October 12.

Breaking it down further, we also looked at a performance comparison across all 10 advertisers:

Product Listing Ad Performance Comparison Aug 31-Oct 12, 2014

Best Buy spent nearly $6.7 million on ads generated by the keywords examined—far more than any other advertiser—and generated the most impressions and clicks as well. However, Target overall had the most efficient campaign on the strength of its $1.21 Cost Per Click, the lowest of all 10 advertisers, and its 14% ad coverage—the highest of all. (Ad coverage measures the percentage of time the advertiser’s ad shows up on the Search Engine Results Page). As such, Target spent $465,000 less than Walmart, but gained more than 4 million more impressions and 150,000 more clicks. At 6.33%, Verizon Wireless had the highest Clickthrough Rate, but the lowest Coverage, 1.05%.

Advertising for Mobile Devices in Product Listing Ads

September 24, 2014 · By Jim

With the fourth quarter almost here, AdGooroo decided to examine advertising for a sure-fire hot holiday gift item, mobile devices, on what will likely be the preeminent holiday search marketing medium, Google’s Product Listings Ads (PLAs) a.k.a. Google Shopping Campaigns. Read More »

AdWords Cost Per Click Rises 26% Between 2012 and 2014

June 26, 2014 · By Jim

Have you been paying more per search click than you used to? So have a lot of advertisers. According to proprietary AdGooroo data, the Cost-Per-Click (CPC) on U.S. AdWords text ads has increased an average of 26% across 9 major industry categories between the first quarters of 2012 and 2014. The data measures desktop and tablet for 2014 and desktop only for 2013 and 2012.  Read More »

Travel Advertisers and Paid Search

May 27, 2014 · By Jim

With Memorial Day come and gone, the unofficial start of the 2014 summer travel season is here. That means it’s time for AdGooroo’s annual look at the Travel category and Paid Search.  Read More »